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The Passion Recut to get Easter 2005 release



Story by: Jack Foley

A NEW version of Mel Gibson's
The Passion of The Christ is to be released in UK cinemas this Easter, from Friday, March 25, 2005.

The new film, entitled The Passion - Recut, is approximately six minutes shorter than the original and has been awarded a certificate 15 from the BBFC.

The Passion of The Christ, released in cinemas in March 2004, was an 18 certificate.

Following the phenomenal success of The Passion of The Christ across the world in 2004, director, Mel Gibson, has assembled a new slightly 'softer' version of his film that he hopes will appeal to those who thought the intensity of the original film was prohibitive.

"I hope to cater to those people that perhaps might not have seen the original because of it's intensity or brutality," commented Mel Gibson.

Directed, produced and co-written by Gibson, the film stars Jim Caviezel as Jesus Of Nazareth, Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, Maia Morgenstern as Mary, Mattia Sbragia as Caiphas, the High Priest, Hristo Naumov Shopov as Pontius Pilate, Claudia Gerini as Claudia Procles, Pilate's wife, Sergio Rubini as Dismas and Luca Lionello as Judas Iscariot.

The Passion of the Christ caused widespread controversy when it was released last year but went on to become a box office phenomenon across the globe.

Its impact was such that the American Film Institute (AFI) has since declared it a landmark film.

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